Developments in Archaeological Field Recording

archeology tools

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Many archaeologists are making use of geospatial technologies in lab settings but field recording still presents challenges in a digital workflow. The obstacles to digital recording –also encountered by ecologists and other field scientists -- often include the following: 1. extended field visits to remote locations, 2. efficient reliable data gathering in outdoor settings that can be dusty or wet, 3. the use of accessible hardware and software for projects on small budgets, 4. incorporating data from multiple instruments like UAV and geophysical sensors, 5. dealing with variability while recording features in the field through sampling and through customized input forms, and 6. making the most of GPS accuracy limits with relative mapping tools like laser range finders. This talk will describe efforts by archaeologists at Berkeley and other institutions to address these issues in archaeological fieldwork and related field sciences.